Frame Contemporary Art Finland announced the second open call for the Frame Curatorial Research Fellowship, a five-year program between 2020 and 2024 for contemporary art curators.


Frame Contemporary Art Finland is now seeking two candidates for 2023-2024 to develop the critical potential of curatorial research and rethink the purpose and value of research within institutions and society at large.


The open call is organized in collaboration with the Queens Museum in New York and Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands and is divided in two fellowships.


The Curating with Pasts fellowship hosted by the Queens Museum in New York City looks into different cultural and geopolitical pasts as well as material realities as a point of departure for curatorial research and artistic imaginaries. The fellowship rethinks how historical shifts between the New York World Fairs’ cultural exchange (1939–40 & 1964–65), Cold War dichotomies, and 90s globalisation can resonate with and inform artistic, curatorial and institutional practices today.


The second fellowship Soils, organised with Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, aims to understand how art institutions and curatorial practice can position themselves better within their immediate environments and move beyond the classical binaries of the local and the international, the city and the village, the grounded and the global. It seeks to build coalitions and focus awareness on relations between histories, places and people as a part of the process of making and presenting art.


About the Fellowship

The Fellowship Program offers a stipend of 12000 EUR for four months of working time. The program partners will also provide funding for a small production budget and cover any necessary travel and accommodation costs. Fellows selected for the program will have the opportunity to dive into curatorial research in an institutional environment comprising Frame, its international partners, and various associates including artists, researchers, other practitioners, and institutional actors.


The program offers support for developing new curatorial research practices and cultivating active practices embedded in an organizational context. It explores what kind of curatorial research is needed in order to imagine new ways of presenting and mediating contemporary art and cultural production in forms inseparable from daily life, politics and the policies of artists and institutions.


The deadline for applications for the two fellowships is Sunday, August 13, 2023. The application should include: a preliminary research plan with a motivation letter (a maximum of 1 page long); and a CV and introduction to earlier curatorial work and research. 

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